ANU Climate Update 2019

Presented by ANU College of Science

ANU Climate Update 2019 will present an overview of how our climate is changing and how we are responding to these changes in Australia and around the world. You'll hear from experts, practitioners, regulators and leading commentators from across ANU and throughout Australia.

  • Part 1 Summarise the latest climate research, including a snapshot of newly released data on how our climate changed in 2018, and a focus on fire and coral reefs.
  • Part 2 Discuss the economic benefits of acting to address climate change.


2.15-2.45pm - Registrations and tea and coffee

2.45pm - 4.30pm - Part 1 - State of the Climate

Welcome by Chair, Prof Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Opening Address - Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Global Climate Overview 2018 - Prof Mark Howden, Director, ANU Climate Change Institute

Climate impacts: Fires -  Dr Hamish Clark, University of Wollongong

Climate impacts: Coral Reefs - Assoc Prof Nerilie Abram, Research School of Earth Sciences, ANU

Audience Q&A

4.35 - 5.15pm - Afternoon tea

5.15 - 6.45pm - Part 2 - Climate Action:  Economic opportunities and risks

Opening comments by Chair - Prof Helen Sullivan, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Global economic gains from complying with Paris Climate Agreement -  Prof Tom Kompas, ANU & University of Melbourne 

Climate risk & opportunities: regulatory requirements around climate change - Commissioner Sean Hughes, Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

How carbon farming can benefit indigenous communities - Rowan Foley, Aboriginal Carbon Fund

Concluding thoughts by Chair

6.45 - 7.30pm - Drinks

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